Simply put, they are tapes intended for specific purposes and therefore have specific properties both to the type of backing or carrier and the adhesive system to sticking them to surfaces.
While gaffers tape and duct tape may appear to be similarly constructed. Gaffers tape and duct tape are both types of cloth adhesive tape. They are easy hand tear cloth backing coated Rubber adhesives.
Duct Tape Vs Gaffers Tape：
Duct tape is a single-faced adhesive tape of polyethylene (PE) laminated spun rayon cloth backing which is coated by rubber pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA). The surface of polyethylene (PE) is waterproof, and strong tensile strength.
Gaffer tape is a single-faced adhesive tape of polyethylene (PE) laminated spun rayon cloth backing which is coated by rubber pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA). The surface of polyethylene (PE) is matte-finished, and diffuses light reflection. Gaffers tape common colors: Beige, Black , Red, White, Blue, Silver, Green, Yellow.
Gaffers tape is designed to be removed without leaving residue. Duct tape, on the other hand, should provide a permanent bond to seal.. well, ductwork. Though people use it for much more than that, of course. But understanding its intended use will help with other ways to use it successfully.
And masking tape comes in a wide range of varieties - paper backing, plastic backing, metal backing, etc., with various types of adhesive depending on the process the tape must withstand. But ideally, that tape has clean removal properties as well, without leaving residue after it is taken off the substrate surface.
Masking tape, also known as painter's tape. Masking tape include various types backing and glue:
Cloth masking tape, paper masking tape, PE cloth masking tape.
Rubber glue, acrylic glue.
Cloth masking tape is a special duct tape with low adhesion. It can be remove less adhesive residue and to not damage the surface when it is removed.
Paper masking tape is a fine line painters tape. It use for painter’s masking and creating intricate straight lines. After painting, it can be cleanly removed leaving a defined line with no adhesive residue.
PE cloth masking tape from japan. It is PE fabric based curing tape in Japan. The backing cloth produced by flat silk woven fabric, make cutting easily by hand.
Gaffers tape vs Duct tape vs Masking tape Parameter Comparison Table